MEF Funds STEAM Education Program for 4th and 5th Graders

STEAM robotOn April 12, 2018, the Deerfield APR room was turned into a state-of-the-art, hands-on children’s museum focused on STEAM education.  Mrs. Kinney brought this popular program back for the 3rd year for the 4th and 5th graders to inspire critical thinking, increase science literacy and enable the next generation of innovators.

Here are some examples of what the children explored:

Science  – The Bike Generator turned student’s energy into a dazzling light show, as the children pedaled the bike, they converted their kinetic energy into electricity. They illuminated low-power LEDs until finally creating enough power to light halogen lamps at the top of the tower.

Technology – NAO, a truly cutting-edge humanoid robot, showed off his human-like skills and left kids amazed and imaginations sparked.  Programmable robots were available to turn their imagination into action.  .

Engineering – Kids built a parabolic arch and learned how strong this structure functions, how force is dispersed, and how a keystone works.

Art – Design was showcased to realize the connection between art and science.  The students saw how design choices turned complex machines into friendly companions.

Mathematics – The Pythagorean Theorem Wheel allowed everybody to see the beauty in geometry.   Programming the various robots showcased logical thinking and problem solving abilities.

Here are two examples of thank-you notes written by the children who participated: